International students
Hong Kong

Information for students from Hong Kong

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Students from Hong Kong would not normally require a foundation programme as Hong Kong HKDSE are widely accepted for undergraduate entry.

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for students who are not qualified for direct undergraduate entry.

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences, taught at University of Nottingham International College
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences, taught in our Faculty of Engineering
  • Science, taught at University of Nottingham International College

Please contact University of Nottingham International College, which is located opposite our University Park Campus, with any queries about entry requirements and how to apply.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels (including HKALE) and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

If you have taken HKDSE, we can typically accept grades ranging from 444 to 5*55.

This summary is provided as guidance and requirements may vary for individual courses, which often require high grades in relevant subjects.

The HKDSE Liberal Studies, Chinese or English Language subjects cannot be accepted as part of the programme offer.

Students who have completed at least one year at a university in Hong Kong and achieved good grades can be considered for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

If you have studied the Hong Kong Associates Degree, then we look for a GPA between 2.8 and 3.2 for first year entry. Second year entry is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

We can accept HKDSE grades 4 and above as meeting our English language requirements.

Students taking APs or SATIIs should refer to entry requirements for the USA.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelors degree of a good standard from a recognised university, usually in a relevant subject area. Check our postgraduate course pages to see whether your chosen course requires the equivalent of an Upper Second Class (2:1) or Lower Second Class (2:2) degree.

Our entry requirements for degrees from Hong Kong universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. The summary below is provided as guidance but requirements may vary for individual courses and we do require higher grades from some universities.

Grading system

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)

GPA out of 4.5 3.5 3.0

GPA out of 4.3



GPA out of 4.0



Letter grade



HKUST: GPA out of 12




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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

A masters degree from a recognised university is usually required for PhD entry.

Applicants are usually expected to have achieved a good grade from their masters degree. There may also be specific requirements in their thesis which differs from the schools and departments.

For all research degrees, we recommend that you make initial enquiries with a potential supervisor or the relevant University of Nottingham school/department before applying. A research proposal is required when submitting your application.

How to apply Search for courses How to write a research proposal
English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


Hong Kong students at Nottingham

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"I chose to come to study at Nottingham for several reasons. First of all, I just love the whole look of the campus. I love all the green spaces and the modern architecture. I just think it looks really nice. And I also think that Nottingham has a really good medicine course. Even first years get lots of hospital and GP visits, and we also get to do dissections, which I think is a really unique experience and it's especially good for anyone who wants to go into surgery."

Olivia Wong, studying BMedSci/BMBS Medicine


"I chose University of Nottingham due to its highly reputable name in pharmacy. Its pioneering 5-year course in pharmacy with an integrated pre-registration training is also a big attraction. It proposes that this scheme would allow students to better integrate their training and their academic studies together, leading to better preparation for students to become qualified professionals.

My favourite thing is the wide variety of societies our university provides. There’s a society (or a couple, even!) for everyone! It ranges from sports to faculties, cultural to interests… almost anything you can think of!"

Edith Leung from Hong Kong, MPharm Pharmacy

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Dean Pike 

Dean PikeInternational Relations Manager for Hong Kong

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Official representatives

Our official representatives in Hong Kong can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

 Meet us 

In Hong Kong

We regularly travel to Hong Kong to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us in Hong Kong

In Nottingham

You are welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


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International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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